Vasant Rao leads IDC’s business in India and South Asia in the capacity of managing director, IDC India. With over 23 years of experience, Vasant is a management professional with a proven track record of building profitable businesses. He is passionate about incubating ideas, applying analytics to business, and delivering value to customers and employees.

Prior to joining IDC India, he held multiple global leadership roles during his 10-year stint at Cognizant in the
analytics, data science, and visualization domains and built award-winning IP-based products. Most recently, Vasant was leading the banking and financial services delivery for the North America AI & Analytics business unit. Prior to Cognizant, he had built and later sold his startup business to a technology services company in India. He has spoken in several industry conferences on the application and ethical implications of data sciences and artificial intelligence (AI) in business. He has also published whitepapers on model risk and digital transformation (DX) opportunities for the private equity industry.

Vasant has a Master of Science in finance from London Business School, an MBA from Mumbai University, and holds the CFA charter from CFA Institute, USA.